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Reinventing Valentine’s Day

I’ve been looking for a Valentine’s Day alternative for years and am totally on board with Sasha Dichter’s idea to reboot Valentine’s Day as Generosity Day. A day where you say “yes” to everything that is asked of you all …

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Budget-Friendly Bubbles for the Frugal Imbiber

[caption id="attachment_1936" align="alignleft" width="203" caption="Budget-Friendly Bubbly"][/caption]One of my best girlfriends is 3,000 miles away right now, but she just called and proposed that we drink our first

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Homemade Holiday Candy: English Toffee

It's hard to go wrong when there's butter, sugar and dark chocolate in the mix. This is the recipe for the English toffee I made as part

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Homemade Holiday Candy: Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark

In my previous post, Last-Minute Homemade Holiday Gifts, I mentioned that I was planning to make some dark chocolate peppermint bark and English toffee as


Last-Minute Homemade Holiday Gifts

I have to admit that I share Kim’s disdain for crafting, but each December I do enjoy playing a bit of Santa’s Workshop and making

Giving Back on Thanksgiving

According to American legend, the Pilgrims would not have survived their first year if the Wampanoag tribe hadn’t given them food and taught them how to farm.


How to Make an “Easy” Gingerbread House

Crafts are not my thing, especially holiday crafts. If you enjoy wielding a glue gun or stitching up a quilt, you won't understand this, but the thought of

This July 4th Declare Economic Independence

[caption id="attachment_1078" align="alignleft" width="590" caption="Aidan\'s Independence Day Decorations"][/caption] What does the recession (ephemistically referred to as "the current financial crisis") have to do with Independence Day? First read this:

Rethinking Father’s Day

As a commercial holiday, Father's Day runs a distant second to Mother's Day. Americans spend less on dad, and this year spending is down even more. But

Memorial Day: Meditating on the Cost of War

[caption id="attachment_372" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="photograph by Tami Silicio"][/caption] This is just a short post to remind you that today isn't just an extra day off to relax, picnic,

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